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Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Plasticman » 25 Dec 2015, 21:51

Well threads have been a bit thin lately and im all xmassed out so a very early 2lt Westie a/c done a bit ago
It may also show as agood guide in so far as what you see and what is sure to be lurking , never mind seller (not usualy on here thsnkfully)sayning minor surface rust and to be expected for age of van etc,,,,,,
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both cab doors were changed out as was the tailgate going from early to late
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that should be enough to get the idea and the decals were a pig to get off, as for the front well the lower front was genuine paint as was the komet stripe..so we retained the lower front.
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i didnt get better, this will mainly be pictoral
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literally Aircooled
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but the main floor was bone dry and mint
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first pile of main bits
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i said earlier on another thread how you musnt laugh at the hi top woes and get complacent when you have a pop, remove the front and this is what can and does lurk, years of wind rain born crap
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sill stuffings
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more rubbish out
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nearly there,well not realy but enough for the sides let alone front end .
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more to come
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Plasticman » 25 Dec 2015, 22:12

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first additions
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clamp up and check
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again sorry theyre not in complete construction order
blast clean whats left and remaining
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usually fit legs to the reinforcing plate but have made the new lower lip out of bridge iron so not needed though for aesthetic reasons i think will revert to the other method next time
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part wing
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b post rep and sill migged where needed,lower front of b post not finished as this is combined with arch work
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so on to frontalish bits
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby scottbott » 25 Dec 2015, 22:29

something nice to look at,better than some of the crap on the TV,keep it coming! :lol:
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Plasticman » 25 Dec 2015, 22:36

thank you 15 viewings, means im not alone here tonight :lol:
osf arch ,note the grind marks, its had work here in the past and going to get more now, vw didnt do crappy welds like this
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not too bad here
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nice heavy plate 18g if i recall
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and a planish over
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steps
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this is the start of how they are made up
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now jump to floor as this is the order the picks are in
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also easier to repair here when the arch is out the way
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Bourbon break
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Budgie7 » 25 Dec 2015, 22:50

Much better than TV, keep up the good work mm, have missed your threads .
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Plasticman » 25 Dec 2015, 23:16

new lower panal made,
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these are all alignment fits prior to blasting etc
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the bit of rod is to hold it sort of level, these are the fun bits thta help beat the boredom
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familiar
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what i said about crap under the horseshoe / front load spoiler etc
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being a 79 early van with very rare early factory glazed window it must be saved , that said the door was very good accept for a bit on the bottom inside and the lower outer skin as usual so
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the skins come without a return fold so its being made and measurement is to keep it in line
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and outer skin sits very neat here
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forgot, abit of corrosion round window.........s
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quick grind and filler free as good as
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i had some of these made up a while ago, though i hsvre noticed on krappers sire they have some with the pigtail indent pressed in so i would use thos in future, dont know what quality nor gauge of steel and maybe others have in stock ?, ive not checked
ended up doing the other side as well.....
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slider with inner repair primed and sealed

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and back into no1 paint shop
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sorry theres picks missing but cant find them as as we speak :oops:
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Plasticman » 25 Dec 2015, 23:24

just found a dozen or so picks of the complete van so will E D I T the first post in 10 mins
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby badgerfax » 25 Dec 2015, 23:26

Good work Mike,

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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Plasticman » 26 Dec 2015, 00:10

Well after all the priming and fettling and undercoats and more rubbing etc then sorry but a coat of fjord irmin white :twisted: as abase for the yellow, it looked positively bland then after more flatting back we have
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sorry if some of the next picks look like bleak washed out budget custard but my phone takes the picks as it does
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these are out the booth without a polish so not the best
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slider bottom
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happy with this area
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seat belts will hold now
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new upper front is a decent fit
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all new seals etc finish it off
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a few bits left to do and adjustments to gaps ect
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going............
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another early one saved , its getting wheels powder coated and chrome caps and maybe rings , and having a full interior redo as well i believe so should be a really nice sweet van, ive suggested they go for a gas conversion as it gobbles the fools fuel,sorry the picks are a bit off
happy xmas
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby dogbreath100 » 26 Dec 2015, 09:10

Great to see these posts again :ok
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby paperhouselad » 26 Dec 2015, 10:01

Fantastic thanks for posting,it whets your appetite to see these. Happy new year.
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Smiffo » 26 Dec 2015, 10:10

Looking through these threads of restorations makes you realise the skill that goes into it.
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Wychall » 26 Dec 2015, 12:33

Glad you are keeping up with the practice, Mike. You'll soon be good enough. :rofl
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby Ruralman » 26 Dec 2015, 13:16

Lovely Thread, nice to see how a rusty van gets a face lift :grin:
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Re: Around a van in 60 minutes with

Postby nicq » 26 Dec 2015, 13:19

It makes it so much easier for us novices when you can see what you can expect when you cut into an area
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